orig·​i·​nal·​ly ə-ˈri-jə-nᵊl-ē How to pronounce originally (audio)
archaic : by origin or derivation : inherently
: in the beginning : in the first place : initially
: in a fresh or original manner

Example Sentences

That van originally belonged to us. The building was originally a school. They originally planned to fix their old car, but they decided to buy a new one instead. Originally, the word had a very different meaning from its current meaning. a New Yorker who is originally from Mexico She has shown an ability to think originally about ways to improve the company. See More
Recent Examples on the Web This chess variant was originally the subject of a Kickstarter by Felix Albers, the Dutch dad who created it. Leanne Italie, Chicago Tribune, 21 Nov. 2022 Derrick Rump, a Colorado College graduate who was originally from Berks County, Pennsylvania, was one of two bartenders killed in the shooting, CBS News has confirmed. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 21 Nov. 2022 Garduno, who is originally from Mexico and lives in Pilsen, became a tree ambassador after the city invited Mi Villita Neighbors in Little Village to join its tree equity working group. oregonlive, 20 Nov. 2022 Chevron, one of the largest energy companies in the world today, was originally Standard Oil (California). Tevi Troy, WSJ, 18 Nov. 2022 Brokeback Mountain, Argo, these were originally stories that began in our publications. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Nov. 2022 The Querfelds were originally farmers, with land along the Rouge River. Chandra Fleming, Detroit Free Press, 16 Nov. 2022 In the fall of 2021, Bode Aujla wed Aaron, who is originally from British Columbia and is Punjabi, at their home in Connecticut in both Punjabi and western ceremonies. Marisa Meltzer, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2022 Living in Georgia, Mari Monet and Candice Danae are from Pittsburgh originally. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 16 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of originally was in the 14th century

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“Originally.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/originally. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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orig·​i·​nal·​ly ə-ˈrij-ən-ᵊl-ē How to pronounce originally (audio)
: in the beginning : in the first place
: in an original manner

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